Monday, 27 February 2017
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Charles Dickens and his family moved a lot depending on their circumstances. A couple of times he lived in this charming Georgian house in Fitzrovia, just a few yards from the Workhouse.
Those that are asking for more now however are not poor working lads but rather developers who wish to pull down the Georgian buildings and build modern expensive apartments that sell for a couple of million.
Dickens fans, historians, local community groups and lots of other Londoners have been trying to save the historic buildings and character of the area. What has been achieved is that the workhouse building has managed to get a heritage order placed on it. Everything around it however will be demolished and a high rise apartment building will go up behind it. The developers plan to gut the workhouse and create luxury apartments inside the facade.
To view the application and leave comments you still have a couple more days to have your say.
For details and links visit here.
Monday, 20 February 2017
Thursday, 16 February 2017
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Thursday, 2 February 2017
The market late at night is busy with produce arriving to stock the stalls. These are the guys who enable the market to show produce straight from the farm. Many of the farms are in Europe. For those who want us to step back in time I will keep an eye out for the horse and cart from across the river. Problem is that land is all concrete now. But Brits don't let a few problems get in the way. They'll sort something out....... won't they?
Monday, 30 January 2017
Thursday, 26 January 2017
Wednesday, 25 January 2017
A Roman Warrior, an historic church, and a modern glass tower, only in London would all this sit side by side. The site occupied by Southwark Cathedral has always been a place of worship, prior to the earliest Christian church in the seventh century, there is evidence to show Roman pagan worship took place here.
Now there is a monument in honour of the religion of money, the towering Shard with its exclusive hotel and expensive viewing platform has taken over from the Bishops who managed the brothels along the waterfront in the middle ages.
Sunday, 22 January 2017
Monday, 16 January 2017
Friday, 13 January 2017
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
More buildings have popped up since the last time I wandered through the Paddington Basin with my camera. At ground level there are cafes and bars that look very inviting. There are a lot more canal boats than I've seen moored here before, although that may just be coincidental as they may be en route to elsewhere. What really caught my eye however was the large glowing moon, which is still a couple of days away from being a full moon.
Tuesday, 10 January 2017
The famous lighthouse on the wedge building at Kings Cross has now been restored and the building that sat disused for many years has been renovated. Although know one is certain, it is believed that the building housed oyster bars, the fast food of the time. Maybe it is appropriate that there is now plenty of fast food of our current time in this corner.
Monday, 9 January 2017
A wee moment of anxiety as the clergy from the church of St Magnus the Martyr, which sits on the north side of the river, wait for the clergy from Southwark Cathedral, from the south side of the river, to appear.
A wooden cross is then tossed into the waters, which looked for a moment if it was going to be swallowed up by a passing Thames clipper, but to the delight of the crowd watching, it continued bobbing along the surface of the water heading out to sea.